MLB Fantasy Wake Up Call - April 30

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Players of the Night

Pitching

Yovani Gallardo, Milwaukee Brewers
vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
8 IP, 11 K, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, W

Not only did Gallardo throw an absolute gem, but he also hit a solo shot against the Pirates that ended up being the game winning run in a 1-0 ballgame.

Now, I'm sure that most of your leagues don't give you added bonus points for this amazing feat. But that stat line is a thing of beauty rarely seen outside of the Carlos Zambrano's of the world.

The Brewers were desperate for a guy to stand up in place of the departed CC Sabathia and Ben Sheets.

Looks like Gallardo is that guy.

Batting

Billy Butler, Kansas City Royals
vs. Toronto Blue Jays
4-5, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 4 R, 1 2B

Don't look now, but the Kansas City Royals have become a fantasy juggernaut.

Led by staff ace Zach Greinke, the Royals have a roster chocked full of young talent that is ready for their turn in the spotlight. Butler could be the next in line.

Only 23, Butler is still too inconsistent to be considered for a spot on any fantasy roster. But keep the name in mind as the season progresses. He's got a knack for punishing left handed pitchers and the longer he stays up in the bigs, the better chance he'll have to prove himself worthy of the DH spot.

More to come after the jump...



Last Night's Top Performers

Nick Swisher, New York Yankees
vs. Detroit Tigers
2-5, 2 HR, 2 R, 4 RBI

Adrian Gonzalez, San Diego Padres
vs. Colorado Rockies
2-3, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R, BB

Edison Volquez, Cincinnati Reds
vs. Houston Astros
8 IP, 6 K, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, W

Doug Davis, Arizona Diamondbacks
vs. Chicago Cubs
7 IP, 7 K, 2 H, 0 ER, 3 BB



Bust of the Night

Scott Kazmir, Tampa Bay Rays
vs. Minnesota Twins
4 IP, 4 K, 9 H, 6 ER, 4 BB, L

Kazmir may be the poster child for the disappointing start the Rays have had so far in 2009. He's been inconsistent at best, allowing six earned runs for the second time in his last three starts.

His ERA has ballooned to 5.40 and while it's still early, it may be time to worry about him. Though I will say that he'd be an excellent buy low candidate right now.

Anyone on the Rays is for that matter.


Daily Leaders

RBI

4 - Butler, Royals
4 - Bengie Molina, Giants
4 - Swisher, Yankees
3 - Chad Tracy, D-Backs
3 - Gonzalez, Padres
3 - Chris Ianetta, Rockies
3 - Todd Helton, Rockies
3 - Curtis Granderson, Tigers
3 - Justin Upton, D-Backs
3 - Hideki Matsui, Yankees

Pitching - K's

11 - Gallardo, Brewers
8 - Zach Greinke, Royals
8 - Tim Lincecum, Giants
8 - Javier Vazques, Braves
7 - Davis, D-Backs
7 - Johan Santana, Mets
7 - Jon Lester, Red Sox

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